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Craft shows 101 - First show #1: Crafts shows 101 - My first show

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I sold half of the Christmas ornaments, 3/4 of my bottle stoppers, two of my four maple burl bandsaw boxes (the two large ones did not sell) two of the ten hand mirrors (i dropped the price from $75 and sold one at $55 to the jewelry vendor next to me, $60 to a customer), none of the photo frames sold although my fiance is taking them to work tomorrow (along with some bottle stoppers) because some coworkers are interested in them. Some customer’s took my business card and said they would contact me about some other projects they’d like to work with me on. We’ll see how that goes.

I was surprised to see none of the nativity scene ornament sets moved. I originally on the first day priced them at $200 for the whole set. My dad gave me some advice that night and recommended that I break down the price on the set by individual price, then show the discounted price of $200. So i did that on Sunday, but business was slow and didn’t have any bites. I will list them on etsy and on my website and hopefully they’ll move.

There was a nice man who wants to commission me to make some harmonica cases for him (two). One made of maple burl, the other would have depiction of him in the intarsia style of him playing his harmonica. He showed me a few of his harmonica cases and he had quite a collection on him.

I am proud to say my business is in the black! My fellow crafters reported sales within $200-500 of mine, so I feel like I did a really good job for my first show. I am happy to have gotten the merchant account so i could accept credit cards. That accounted for over 3/4 of my business. also ending my prices in zero or five made making change a lot easier (tax was included in all prices)

We also had a video of me working on the crafts. Many people would initially tell my fiance that he did great work. He was quick to correct them and told them I did everything and people were amazed. One little girl was watching the video and she turned to my fiance and said “you do good work mister.” When i told her it was me who was doing the work she was like “you did this?!” and i proudly said “yup, women can do wood working too” to which the very nice lady in the next booth over shouted “you tell her Christina!”

The people who’s booths were next to me were very kind and gave me advice. They thought my booth was lovely and invited me to join their hand crafter’s guild. I already sent an email to join their Handcrafters Guild, so I’ll probably join up with them soon..

So for now i will list my items on etsy through the week to increase exposure.

Thanks for reading!!

-- Please visit my Etsy site, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cgurnham or http://www.christinagurnham.com You can also follow me on my artfire blog: http://www.artfire.com/users/cgurnham/blog



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Jordan

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#1 posted 1353 days ago

Congratulations and very nice display. The video is the clincher!

-- http://www.jordanstraker.com

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branch

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#2 posted 1353 days ago

hi glad that you did so well at they crafts show you have made some very nice ornaments

branch

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ellen35

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#3 posted 1353 days ago

Congratulations! I love it when people are surprised that we women can actually work with tools and wood!
I like the idea of a video… I may try that next year!
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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rivergirl

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#4 posted 1353 days ago

YOU GO GIRL! Was the show at your school?

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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gurnie

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#5 posted 1353 days ago

The show was at a large community center and the attendance is about 3k or so a year.

When other people were surprised that I did all the woodworking I’d joke and be like “yeah sometimes the boobs get in the way but you know, I make it work.”

And I’ve been out of college for over 5 years now, but thanks for your youthful comment of thinking I’m in school still. tee-heee :D

-- Please visit my Etsy site, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cgurnham or http://www.christinagurnham.com You can also follow me on my artfire blog: http://www.artfire.com/users/cgurnham/blog

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Maveric777

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#6 posted 1353 days ago

Congrats on your first show. Sounds like you had fun, learned a few things while you where at it. Very cool!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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TJ65

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#7 posted 1353 days ago

Hey that is really great to hear.
Congrats on a job well done.
I love telling people that I do woodwork as they just stare at me. But I will have to remember the saying-

“yeah sometimes the boobs get in the way but you know, I make it work.”

I love it !!!!!

-- Theresa, https://sites.google.com/site/tmj65treasure/

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 1353 days ago

Congrats!
we still have a long way to go in the perception of abilities.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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rivergirl

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#9 posted 1353 days ago

Miss G- I meant the school you work at… not high school that you attend. :) As for the boobs- well on me the truth is obvious. And I wear a wife beater all summer just to keep the neighbors entertained. :) Keeps the rich neighbors from complaining about the noise and the log piles. LOL. And for the record I have been out of college and taught about 5 times longer (and probably 5 times more often) than you. ;) Keep up the good work girl- and remember you have it alot easier than we did. Beleive it or not, in some respects we have come a long way baby. At least they ALLOW you in the woodshop in public school. Until Title IX it was off limits to girls.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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gurnie

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#10 posted 1353 days ago

Rivergirl you’re too funny.

I actually work for a non-profit radiology group :)

When I was in middle school i did woodshop, but I was horrible at it because i wasn’t confident near the machines. I’m glad that has changed. But the community shop I go to usually has more girls than guys attending. Go figure!

-- Please visit my Etsy site, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cgurnham or http://www.christinagurnham.com You can also follow me on my artfire blog: http://www.artfire.com/users/cgurnham/blog

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MichaelA

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#11 posted 1352 days ago

Excellent presentation of your art and congratulations on your success.
May you have many more enjoyable craft fairs.They are addicting and you get to
meet interesting people.

-- The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart. "Helen Keller"

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rivergirl

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#12 posted 1352 days ago

Why did I think you were a shop teacher Miss G? LOL- I have no idea? Anyway.. I was the first girl in shop class in my school via Title IX legislation. The boys and the teacher all chewed and there were several real spittoons on the floor for expectorating. Groooossss. They were really not happy with having a girl in shop and let me tell you- the teacher was not very helpful.. at …. all…... Nice to know that at the community shop there is a bunch of women attending. Also- nice to have a community shop. Here in the boonies of PA there is no such thing.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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MrsN

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#13 posted 1352 days ago

Congrats on you first sale. I had mine over the summer, it was really exciting.
Also, congrats on showing a few more people what us women can do. Since I started teaching in my current district (first female shop teacher) the number of girls in the high school program has gone from 2 or 3 to almost 20. We are a small school (about 100 kids per grade) not bad in 3 years of work.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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rivergirl

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#14 posted 1352 days ago

Aha- therein lies my confusion. Mrs. N is the girl shop teacher. And Mrs. N- keep up the good work. :) Nice to know they had to hire you because you were in all likelihood the only woman who has ever filled the position. Thank you Title IX- :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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